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Adopt positive approach to resolve water issue with Hry: Shah to Punjab

September 21, 2019 05:38 AM


Adopt positive approach to resolve water issue with Hry: Shah to Punjab
NORTHERN ZONAL COUNCIL MEET Union home minister refers to Punjab as Haryana’s elder brother; Khattar urges Shah to set up statutory body for infrastructure development in the region, Tricity

(From left) Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh, Jammu and Kashmir governor Satya Pal Malik, Union home minister Amit Shah and Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar at the 29th meeting of the Northern Zonal Council in Chandigarh on Friday. ANI Photo
HT Correspondent

CHANDIGARH : Union home minister Amit Shah on Friday said that Punjab being an elder brother should adopt a positive approach for resolving the pending water disputes with Haryana.

Speaking at the 29th meeting of the Northern Zonal Council here, Shah said the shortage of water had become a critical issue in almost all states and the states have to work in tandem by rising above the political considerations to resolve it.

The Centre was committed to resolving all such pending issues, he said, according to a press release by the Haryana government.

The meeting was attended by Jammu and Kashmir governor Satya Pal Malik, Punjab governor and Chandigarh administrator VP Singh Badnore, state chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh, Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar, Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot, Himachal Pradesh CM Jai Ram Thakur, Delhi Lt governor Anil Baijal, among others.

Speaking earlier on the occasion, Khattar had described the Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) canal as the lifeline of Haryana, and thanked the Centre for the memorandum of understandings (MoUs) for Renuka and Lakhwar-Vyasi dams on river Yamuna.

He said that against the demand of 36 million acre feet (MAF) water, the availability of water in Haryana was only 14.7 MAF.

Despite this, Haryana was giving extra water to Delhi in compliance of the apex court’s orders, from its share of Yamuna waters, even as Punjab was not delivering Haryana’s full share of the Ravi-Beas water, he held

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